Tuesday, June 9, 2020
PRESS STATEMENT DEFENCE MINISTER MAJ GEN BASHIR SALIHI MAGASHI, RtD RECEIVES COAS'S OPERATIONAL BRIEFS FROM FRONTLINE.
This was sequel to his return from the North east where he led Counter terrorism Operstions for over two months in the trenches. Buratai's visit to the Minister of Defence in less than 24 hours after briefing the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari at the State house was strategically imperative with a view to ending the menace of Boko Haram terrorism in the country. The Special Assistant Media and Publicity to the Minister, Mohammad Abdulkadri reports that the closed door interface between the Minister and the Chief of Army Staff lasted for over one hour. Although , the blow -by- blow accounts of the operational briefs by Lt Gen Buratai to the Minister of Defence were not disclosed to the Media, but it is implied that it cannot be far fetched from what are trending in the public and Media domains. They included, the fire powers of the troops that neutralised 1,429 Boko Haram terrorists and the arrest of the informants of the criminal elements as well as decisive and aggressive posture and high morale of the troops in prosecuting the new battle plans under his command. Again, part of the issues supposedly discussed in the security briefs covered classified informations and strategic battle plans which cannot be publicised so as not to compromise and undermine the technicality and tacticalility of the war proceedings.
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